There is nothing we can do to change the past but, we can learn from history and not let it repeat itself. In the 16th century a religious group of Christians broke away from the England Roman Catholic Church because of corruption found in the church and state. They were called Puritans because they searched for a “pure” form of Christianity. In the 17th century they fled to the New World because their life’s were in danger. The Puritans are an excellent example of irony because they left England because of intolerance of their religious beliefs but, when they got the America the persecuted others just as they had been persecuted.
Many Native Americans refused to accept Christianity, mostly because of the examples that the only Christians they knew set. The Europeans often tried to enforce violence in order to force the acceptance of baptism. However, this violence merely provoked resistance and rejection from the Native Americans. Ironically, though they wanted to escape religious persecution, they persecuted the natives for religious reasons. Also, since they were met with so much resistance, their ideal settlement with everyone being Christian contrasted with the reality of the New
Williams upset the General Court and before being able to be arrested he went off to Massachusetts, later negotiated with Narragansett setup Providence and promised separation of church and state and religious freedom (“The Americans” 52). This opinion was not widely accepted so other colonist considered Rhode Island trash. Either way his ideas on royal charter influenced other colonies like New Jersey and Carolina. If he didn't have such radical ideas today would be a lot different. For example, today policeman or an authority figure in the United States is forbidden to force or reject any religious belief.
Faith continues to be a huge part of American culture today. There’s no doubt America was built by migrates. One of the main reasons people migrated to this land was for religious freedom. For example, the puritans wanted freedom from the Church of England. The Plymouth Planation was one of the first settlements
John Winthrop was a puritan who came to America seeking religious liberty. The puritans believed religion should be straight from bible scripture. They encouraged their supporters to read the bible and listen to sermons rather than participate in sacraments. They loathed Catholicism and disliked how England’s churches still utilized catholic rituals. They did not agree with the religious structure where authority passed down from pope, to bishops, and priests.
People started to question their belief in religion because the church could not save society from the disease (Whipps). Doctors could not understand the source and the cause of the disease and how it was transmitted, making people believe that supernatural powers and divine punishment were the reason of the illness. Some doctors believed the disease was due to the pollution of the air with toxic material. Society also blamed the church for failing to protect the people and its own priesthood, leading to a loss of influence and power (Whipps). Society believed the plague was sent by God as a punishment for sins.
Puritans were the group of people who disagreed with the church of England’s teachings and sought to reform it. King Henry VIII only added fuel to their fire. People left England seeking religious tolerance. Puritans strongly opposed King Charles I and his decisions as ruler. Those English colonists who were not Puritans came to the New World in search of economic opportunity.
What about the Native americans that were told they were wrong, and forced to follow a religion they did not believe in? If they disagree on religions and god I don’t know who to pray to. Lastly humans can not live together as “one race” because they have caused each other too much conflict. For example why was the civil war fought? To keep america together.
The New England colonies were best known for being the place where Puritan religious reformers and their followers settled. The Puritans were a Protestant Christian group that believed in strict moral and religious codes and the reform of the Church of England. Due to the strict laws put into place in England, the Puritans were unable to follow through their efforts to reform the Church and many faced oppression and discrimination during that time. The Puritans saw an irredeemably corrupt Church of England so many followed John Winthrop to Massachusetts to establish their own community. On the other hand, New France was known for its fur trading and missionary work.
One of Thomas Paine’s most famous writings, “Common Sense”, helped inspire the colonists to fight for their freedom against Britain. The colonists of America were treated unfairly by the British government. “Common Sense” explained how they shouldn’t be treated like the way they were and used quotes from the Bile to connect with the people( who were mostly religious at the time). He made people question the authority the British had over them. One thing “Common Sense” pointed out was how unfairly the colonists were being treated.”To say, they will never attempt it again is idle and visionary, we thought so at the repeal of the stamp-act, yet a year or two undeceived us…”(Paine, Common Sense) This quote explains how the British were forcing
How did it change things? What are the good and bad sides of things? The Great Awakening brought about a bitter debate. The people who supported the T.G.A often split from their old churches to form new churches. People warned that the movement was too emotional, but the growth of so many new churches forced colonists to become more tolerant to people who had different beliefs.
Religion influence the funding and development of New England Colonies because it was one of the main reasons why the people wanted to break away. The Church of England believed that everyone should praise God, but only on their terms. The people of the church believed that only certain people could interpret the word of God and this made a group of people angry. This group of people wanted to ‘purify’ the church, which is where they got the name the Puritans. Puritans believed all catholic based beliefs should be taken out of the church and that it was not required to worship God.
Puritanism was a religious movement that was created after the Church of England’s insufficient reform. This occurred after King Henry VIII transformed the the Church of Rome into the state Church of England. This change was inadequate and left many people dissatisfied with the newly reformed church. As of this, a popular group of Puritans were formed in the late 16th centaury to live a life closer to God. This group of radicals were persecuted for their overly religious ways and were forced to relocate to North America.